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    Gym, Travelling, Walking and Volunteery work
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    HAL
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    Asia and Europe

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  1. Hello friends! I personally booked & paid for the bus. To keep the cost down, I organized a group of 20. I can’t remember the cost but about $50 USD for the transportation and ferry cost. Extremely affordable. Ken will send you the itinerary I used. I was extremely lucky to find him.. Actually, I had reserved the only English speaking tour guide at Chiran Museum. He is the one who gave me Ken’s email: Ken at nansatsu dot com Good luck P.S. I think our friends Irene & Richard from Sault Ste Marie will be cruising with you. P.S.S. Watching the basketball 🏀 game right now and the Raptors are ahead 7 points!
  2. CHIRAN & SAKURAJIMA from Kagoshima cruise port I organized a FANTASTIC tour for 20 people to visit Chiran (50 min away from Kagoshima). Finding affordable transportation in Japan is really hard. With perseverance and luck, I found “Global Sales E” and corresponded with Ken. Ken was an awesome young man (we met him in Chiran) and his English is impeccable. He replied to my emails very quickly. This was our 8.5-hour itinerary: 1-) Chiran Museum 2-) Chiran Samurai Houses/Gardens -Bought lunch at convenience store and ate in the bus so we would not lose time... 3-) Ferry from Kagoshima to Sakurajima 4-) Sakurajima volcano (3 stops) 5-) Ferry from Sakurajima to Kagoshima 6-) Back to the cruise ship I would recommend this bus company to anyone. I had to pre-pay for the whole bus and the other cruisers mailed me cheques or paid through PayPal. It was quite easy and we could not have had a better quality/price tour. Tour includes: bus- gas- parking- highway fees- ferry for mini bus and passengers-insurance Tour does not include: Chiran Peace Museum entrance fee of ¥500, Samurai Residence entrance fee of ¥500 and lunch. Holland of America did not offer both attractions: Chiran and Sakurajima. We did not have a guide but we did not need one. The Canadians!😎
  3. VLADIVOSTOK I organized a tour with ‘Explore Primorye’ in April 2019 when our cruise ship was in town. It became so popular that we had 6 buses of 20 people in each bus. I was really pleased with the owner, Sergei, as he answered all my communications quickly.Vladivostok is not Tokyo, Kyoto or even Nagasaki but the guides showed us around and explained the history of this part of Russia. It was a valuable tour.I would recommend ‘Explore Primorye’ as Sergei is a young man that delivered what he promised. A Russian lunch was included and it made you feel right at home! Sergei even gave a gift to cruisers after the great tour (I am not telling you what it is)!Thank you Sergei and 'Explore Primorye'.The Canadians!😎P.S. Our knowledgeable guide made the driver stop at a grocery store as some wanted to buy Russian beers and chocolates!
  4. VLADIVOSTOK I organized a tour with ‘Explore Primorye’ in April 2019 when our cruise ship was in town. It became so popular that we had 6 buses of 20 people in each bus. I was really pleased with the owner, Sergei, as he answered all my communications quickly.Vladivostok is not Tokyo, Kyoto or even Nagasaki but the guides showed us around and explained the history of this part of Russia. It was a valuable tour.I would recommend ‘Explore Primorye’ as Sergei is a young man that delivered what he promised. A Russian lunch was included and it made you feel right at home! Sergei even gave a gift to cruisers after the great tour (I am not telling you what it is)!Thank you Sergei and 'Explore Primorye'.The Canadians!P.S. Our knowledgeable guide made the driver stop at a grocery store as some wanted to buy Russian beers and chocolates!
  5. I am so happy you inspired him 😍 He is such a great human being. We love him.💕 The Canadians!😎
  6. Hello Roothy123, Please email me at chantalanddennis at hotmail dot com i will answer your questions: -Where do you want to stay in Bali (Ubud (1 hour away from the ocean), Semyniak, Sanur? -What are you doing on your first 2 days? I would personally hire Dewa for at least 2 days. He can pick you up at the airport on day 1. And then day 3. But as your time is limited, I would hire him for 3 days. He is very inexpensive... -Dewa will have sarongs for you in his car... but you are right, you can rent them for very little $$. I am waiting for your email. The Canadians!😎 P.S. I am leaving on March 12 for 9 weeks so please email me before. P.S.S. Thank you for considering “our” Dewa!
  7. Hello Lunenburg, Thank you so much for all the details. I will study this soon (I copied and pasted your post). We are heading to Japan for 62-days (17 days on our own and 42-days on the Westerdam) on March 12 so I will keep all my planning for our South America trip for this summer. I will surely email you in the future. From your CC’s name and email address, I am positive you live in Lunenburg... Last week, I was telling the story of the Blue Nose and his print on the dime to my “students” (I just volunteer) at a school where immigrants learn English. Thank you again. The Canadians!😎
  8. Hello Lunenburg, Would you be kind enough to write a bit about your one week bus tour and could you share the name of the company and web site? I would really appreciate. Would you share your email address as well? The Canadians!😎
  9. Hello movin12, No it is not the same Dewa. Dewa is a very common name in Bali. It goes with their social status, so when you hear Dewa, you know it is lower class. Ask Dewa, our "adoptive son" to explain everything to you. Our Dewa does not have a web site so it would be very nice if you hire him. His email address is: dgrock1140 at yahoo dot com You will not be disappointed if you book "our" Dewa Thank you The Canadians!😎
  10. Hello Roothy123, If you are going to stay only 2 days in Bali, I would definitely stay in Ubud. Dewa will certainly pick you up at the airport and drive you to your hotel (anywhere it is located). He has been a driver/guide for many years so he will help you out with your itinerary. Two days is a very short stay but I would ask him to see the rice field, elephant temple, holy water temple and Tanah Lot (if you have enough time as it is away from Ubud and the airport). The Monkey Forest and the market are fun. There lots of hotel room under $50 USD brekkie included. Good luck planning. You will love Dewa. The Canadians!😎
  11. Hello cruisers, I would like to warn you against a web site that takes advantage of foreigners travelling to Japan. The web site is Jrailpass. Part of the problem is that I assumed it was the official web site of Japan Railways. It is not! They are only an “Official vendor”. Last Sunday, I proceeded to buy our train pass on this web site and did not question all fees added to the price of the train pass as I believe it was the official web site to buy the Japan Rail Pass. The next day (last night), I found out a friend of mine on CC used another web site!!!! Through that web site (Japan Experience) they paid a lot less than using Jrailpass. Japan Experience charges $12 CAD for shipping fee and no handling fee. Jrailpass charges $26 CAD for handling fee AND $29 CAD for shipping fee. This is a difference of $45 CAD. I contacted Jrailpass for a resolution of the “rip-off” but they basically told me the fees were shown on the screen when I purchased. This is all true but I feel they are taking advantage of travellers like me by using Jrailpass who can easily be mistaken for the official web site of Japan Railways AND ask exorbitant unnecessary fees. I want to help people to not make the same mistake I made. I learned something: never assume and investigate everything thoroughly. The Canadians!😎
  12. Hello cruisers, I would like to warn you against a web site that takes advantage of foreigners travelling to Japan. The web site is Jrailpass. Part of the problem is that I assumed it was the official web site of Japan Railways. It is not! They are only an “Official vendor”. Last Sunday, I proceeded to buy our train pass on this web site and did not question all fees added to the price of the train pass as I believe it was the official web site to buy the Japan Rail Pass. The next day (last night), I found out a friend of mine on CC used another web site!!!! Through that web site (Japan Experience) they paid a lot less than using Jrailpass. Japan Experience charges $12 CAD for shipping fee and no handling fee. Jrailpass charges $26 CAD for handling fee AND $29 CAD for shipping fee. This is a difference of $45 CAD. I contacted Jrailpass for a resolution of the “rip-off” but they basically told me the fees were shown on the screen when I purchased. This is all true but I feel they are taking advantage of travellers like me by using Jrailpass who can easily be mistaken for the official web site of Japan Railways AND ask exorbitant unnecessary fees. I want to help people to not make the same mistake I made. I learned something: never assume and investigate everything thoroughly. The Canadians!😎
  13. cashmeremypuppydog

    BALI

    Hello there, First of all, I just want to point out that this post is in relation to a 2015 AND 2017 trip to Asia. This is a beautiful story but quite long. In March 2015, after a 28-night cruise, we flew to Bali. We had the driver of our hotel (Ubud) picked us up from the airport. His name was Dewa. He was very professional, spoke great english and was very knowledgable about everything: life, history, customs... He had dealt with different personalities over the last 3 years (2012-2015) working for the hotel and he is very patient and knows how to "deliver". We loved him so much that we booked an 8-hour tour. Well, it was better than I could have imagined. I don't want to write too much details but we travel like "Rick Steves" and love the off-the-beaten-track experiences. His bubbly personality contributed a lot to our experience. We booked him for 3 more days... He then drove us to Seminyak where we were supposed to spend 10 days then fly back home (Canada). Unfortunately, my husband got very sick (almost died) and ended up 2 weeks at the hospital. Twice, Dewa drove 45 min from Ubud to visit with my husband at the hospital! By this point, we were like family. After our return from Canada, we pondered on what had happened and decided to sponsor Dewa’s daughter (Ayu) to English school to better her schooling. Feb 8-9, 2017 Our cruise ship stayed overnight in Bali. Dewa was there to greet us. Our reunion was very touching as the last time we had seen him was just before DH was released from a Bali's hospital. Dewa had rented a nice van and a driver as we had 3 other couples who wanted to join us on our 2-day adventure in Bali. As we are sponsoring Dewa's daughter, Ayu, to go to English school, we feel she is a grand daughter to us. Her birthday is on Feb 10 so we had asked Dewa to organize a birthday party for Ayu at our expense. Each year, Ayu is asked what she wants for her birthday: go to Mc Donalds or a party with 2-3 of her friends. She always choose McDonalds.... So this year, it was her first ever birthday party... We started by touring around Ubud until 5pm. Then, it was party time. We drove to Dewa's house and the birthday girl was already celebrating with 30 other children from her class and relatives. It was so exciting to see big smiles on their faces. A clown had been hired to entertain the kids. He did an awesome job. DH and I met Dewa's family: mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law, cousins, nieces....... The compound was filled with people. It is an evening DH and I will never forget. Later on, Dewa drove us to a small Balinese hotel (in Ubud) where the 4 couples slept. The next morning, Dewa picked us up at 9 and we toured around until it was time to get back to the cruise ship. We have only one regret: not enough time with Dewa, his wife and his 2 children. Over the past 4 years, we have been in contact with Dewa on a weekly basis. This is very special as many of us do not hear often from our own sons and/or daughters... Dewa does not know it but he is giving us so much. It's hard to explain in words, I think we see in him the beauty of human beings. We keep telling him he gave us so much when we were in Bali: he did not give us materials but he gave us his time without making us feel rushed. His dedication in leading us exploring Bali to the fullest was out of this world (remember, he has seen the rice fields, the waterfalls, the temples... a thousand times). But we could see the fire in his eyes/his passion as he explained Bali to us...it was truly beautiful. We have a tremendous respect for Dewa. We consider him like our son. This is why I decided I wanted to celebrate my 50th birthday in Bali (Sept 2019). It might be our last time in Bali and I want to spend time with Dewa who showed us what love is all about by giving us everything he had in 2015: precious time. Dewa is truly a special person and I would like the whole world to find out about him. We love him and are so blessed to have him in our lives. Hopefully, you can find out first hand for yourself. If you know of anyone travelling to Bali, please let them know about Dewa. Thank you so much everyone, Dewa Email: dgrock1140 at yahoo dot com Phone: 085238493089 He now owns his own vehicle. The Canadians!😎 P.S. I can answer any question.
  14. I have to confess... I am not a junk collector so we threw ours in our cabin garbage can the same day we received it! The Canadians!😎
  15. SHIMIZU PORT I am looking for a taxi driver as well but it is not easy. Did you find one? Do you have someone to recommend? Were they plenty of taxi at the port? Thank you for your reply. The Canadians!
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